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IP Testing (Ingress Protection)

In testing enclosures for ingress protection, as with every service we offer, Sira has the expertise and experience to provide the support you have been looking for in terms of both technical excellence and customer care.

The Sira UKAS accredited laboratory is fully equipped to conduct Ingress Protection tests specified in BS EN 60529:1992 (IEC 529:1989). For our full testing capability please click here

 

 Above: An IPX6 Test

The testing will assess the protection of the equipment against ingress of solid bodies and/or liquids, varying over differing degrees of protection, depending upon the requirements you place on your product. We will then measure the effects of this exposure, and give the product an appropriate IP rating.

The level of protection of a product is signified by a number (i.e. IP67) where the first number is the ingress protection against solid bodies, and the second number is protection against liquids.




Duration and Prices

Typically, testing takes around 2 weeks from receipt of samples, and fixed price quotations are offered.

Our request for quotation form explains the varying levels of ingress protection and lists prices for tests, and can be downloaded by clicking here



Protection of Equipment Against ingress of solid bodies and liquids


Degree of Protection


Protected Against


Definition

IP0X

Non-protected

-

IP1X

Access to hazardous parts with the back of a hand.

An access probe, sphere of 50 mm, shall have adequate clearance from hazardous parts.

Solid foreign objects of > 50 mm.

An object probe, sphere of 50 mm, shall not fully penetrate.

IP2X

Access to hazardous parts with finger.

A jointed test finger of 12 mm, 80 mm length, shall have adequate clearance from hazardous parts

Solid foreign objects of > 12.5 mm.

An object probe, sphere of 12.5 mm, shall not fully penetrate.

IP3X

Access to hazardous parts with a tool.

An access probe of 2.5 mm shall not penetrate.

Solid foreign objects of > 2.5 mm.

An object probe of 2.5 mm shall not penetrate at all.

IP4X

Access to hazardous parts with a wire.

An access probe of 1.0 mm shall not penetrate.

Solid foreign objects of > 1.0 mm.

An object probe of 1.0 mm shall not penetrate at all.

IP5X

Access to hazardous parts with a wire.

An access probe of 1.0 mm shall not penetrate.

Dust (protected).



Ingress of dust is not totally prevented, but dust shall not penetrate in a sufficient quantity to interfere with satisfactory operation of the apparatus or to impair safety.

IP6X

Hazardous parts with a wire.

An access probe of 1.0 mm shall not penetrate.

Dust (tight).

No ingress of dust.

IPX0

Non-protected.

-

IPX1

Vertically falling water drops.

Vertically falling drops shall have no harmful effects.

IPX2

Vertically falling water drops when enclosure tilted up to 15°.

Vertically falling drops shall have no harmful effects when the enclosure is tilted at any angle up to 15° on either side of the vertical.

IPX3

Spraying water.

Water sprayed at an angle up to 60° on either side of the vertical shall have no harmful effects.

IPX4

Splashing water.

Water splashed against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects.

IPX5

Water jets.

Water projected in jets against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects.

IPX6

Powerful water jets.


Water projected in powerful jets against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects.

IPX7

The effects of temporary immersion in water.

Ingress of water in quantities causing harmful effects shall be prevented when the enclosure is immersed in 1m of water for 30 minutes.

IPX8

The effects of continuous immersion in water.

Ingress of water in quantities causing harmful effects shall be prevented when the enclosure is continuously immersed in water under conditions which shall be agreed between manufacturer and user (>IPX7).



For more information or to book an IP test, please contact lab@siracertification.com or tel +44 (0) 1244 670 900